AZDPS News & Press Releases

On Sunday, June 9, 2024, at around 8:50 p.m., the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Special Operations District SWAT Team was requested by the White Mountain Regional SWAT Team and the Apache County Sheriff’s Office for a barricaded suspect who was firing at deputies in the area of highway -

Goal: 50+ New Recruits for October State Trooper Academy Class

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is proud to announce the launch of its "50 Stories, One Mission" recruiting campaign. This ambitious initiative aims to recruit 50 or more dedicated individuals to join the State Trooper Academy Class starting in October 2024.

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Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Drug Enforcement and Investigations (DEI) Bureau seized approximately 181.9 pounds of fentanyl pills last week in the Phoenix area. One residence was searched in connection with the investigation, and two suspects were arrested and -

The Arizona Commercial Vehicle Safety Partnership (ACVSP) participated in the annual three-day operation “International Roadcheck” on Interstate 17 and Interstate 40 in northern Arizona from May 14, 2024, through May 16, 2024.

The ACVSP comprises Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) -

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $15,000.00 grant to fund overtime and other expenses for the upcoming “Buckle Up Arizona” enforcement campaign. The two-week campaign began on Monday, May 20, 2024, and will conclude -

This information is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be provided when they become available.

On Monday, May 13, 2024, at around 7:30 a.m., the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) was notified of a possible sighting of a suspect in the Safford area who was -


Update: May 6, 2024

The deceased suspect has been identified as Lemonte Anthony Knobelock, 44, of Mesa. Further details regarding the circumstances of the incident will be available at the conclusion of the investigation.

Preliminary Information - May 5, 2024

On Sunday, May 5, 2024, at -

Rollout of enhanced communication includes law enforcement training

Arizona is launching a program through which drivers on the autism spectrum can place their credentials in special blue envelopes to enhance communication with law enforcement officers during traffic stops.

This voluntary program, which includes education for law enforcement officers, follows a -

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, AZDPS troopers seized approximately 28.85 pounds of fentanyl pills, 165 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, over one pound of cocaine, five firearms, four vehicles, and over $20,000 in three different incidents in less than six hours in the Phoenix metro -

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, Saul Ballardo, a resident of El Mirage, Arizona, was sentenced to a total of 26 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry for crimes he committed between July 27, 2021, and Dec. 30, 2021. Ballardo was sentenced after he pled guilty to -